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Headword: Κρεάγρα
Adler number: kappa,2361
Translated headword: meat-hook
Vetting Status: high
[The name of] a culinary instrument.[1]
In the Epigrams: "[Timasion dedicates many cooking tools] together with his iron-fingered meat-hook."[2]
Thus Hermes was called poor fellow, because he was greedy. For when pieces of meat were shown to him he would dig in right away.[3]
Greek Original:
Κρεάγρα: μαγειρικὸν ἐργαλεῖον. ἐν Ἐπιγράμμασι: ὁμοῦ κρεάγρᾳ τῇ σιδηροδακτύλῳ. ὅτι ὁ Ἑρμῆς δειλακρίων ἐλέγετο ὡς λίχνος: κρεαδίων γὰρ ἐπιδεικνυμένων αὐτῷ κατήρχετο αὐτίκα.
For this headword, a feminine substantive in the nominative (and vocative) singular, see already kappa 2360 (and LSJ s.v.).
[1] The gloss is in the neuter nominative (and vocative and accusative) singular. At Aristophanes, Knights 772 (web address 1) the sausage-seller stipulates that, should he fail to love and cherish Demos, he would deserve to be dragged τῇ κρεάγρᾳ , by my meat-hook, to the Kerameikos (cf. kappa 1354), the Potters' Quarter. The scholion to this passage explains that the κρεάγρα is a kind of culinary instrument, whence evidently the Suda has extracted the gloss.
[2] The dedication by the cook Timasion to Hephaestus is from Greek Anthology 6.101.6 (Gow and Page, pp. 307-8).
[3] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Peace 193 (web address 2); cf. delta 310, delta 311, and omega 17.
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: The Garland of Philip and Some Contemporary Epigrams, vol. I, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1968
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Translated by: Ronald Allen on 12 December 2008@03:03:44.
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